To Fully Winterize, Look Outside the House

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You'll probably enjoy the season more if you know you've winterized inside and outside your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Fred C. of Bloomington, Indiana)

To winterize: Seal windows, have your furnace checked and gutters cleared. But don't forget to also look outside your home when preparing for the cold.

Fall Planting Gives Your Landscape a Healthy Head Start

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If you only fertilize once a year, do it in the fall, says Moberg. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lauren J. of Jacksonville, Florida)
If you only fertilize once a year, do it in the fall, says Moberg. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lauren J. of Jacksonville, Florida)

Planting in the fall gives your landscape a head start on healthy growth. Fall planting helps trees and plants get established and be ready to grow in spring.

Year Round Landscaping: 6 Ways Evergreens Spruce Up Your Yard

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This line of arborvitae — dense, narrow evergreen shrubs or small trees — provides a little privacy for the homeowners and their neighbors. (Photo courtesy of member Mary C. of Sylvan Lake, Michigan)

Adding evergreen plants to your landscape can improve your home's privacy, energy efficiency and visual appeal. See how to capture these year-round beauties in your space.

10 Ways to Prepare Your Landscape for Winter

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Fall aeration and overseeding helps to fill in bare spots to provide a thick green lawn, says Haughtaling. (Photo courtesy of Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care)
Fall aeration and overseeding helps to fill in bare spots to provide a thick green lawn, says Haughtaling. (Photo courtesy of Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care)

Fall is not a time to forget about your lawn and garden as it is the perfect time to prepare for winter so you can have a robust and colorful yard come spring.

Leaf Removal Service

Grab a Rake! D.C. Offers Leaf Removal

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The last of the colorful leaves are beginning to fall around Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
The last of the colorful leaves are beginning to fall around Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

The recent cold snap may have you feeling like Washington skipped a season, but it’s still fall as evidenced by the rollout of D.C.'s leaf removal program.

Fall foliage in the capital region can be beautiful in late October and early November, but those same leaves can prove hazardous if left to collect on streets and sidewalks.

It creates a slippery mess for pedestrians and puts a strain on the city's storm drains.

Should you rake leaves or leave them?

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Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)
Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)

To rake or not to rake? That's the question come fall. So another seasonal question worth asking is whether to take the time and risk the blisters to rake leaves yourself or hire some help.

Why hire a lawn care company for leaf removal?

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Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)
Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)

Consider hiring a lawn care company for leaf removal if you have trouble raking leaves in your large yard. Learn how much it costs to hire for leaf removal.

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Landscape Mulch Delivery

Fresh Mulch in Fall Feeds Soil, Protects Plants Over Winter

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A layer of fresh hardwood mulch improves the soil and offers protection for plants. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian B.)

The best time of year to lay down mulch? That varies. But this expert advice on choosing the best mulch for Charlotte, N.C., yards is helpful any time.

10 Steps to Prepare Your Landscape for Fresh Mulch

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You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)
You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)

Before you put down fresh mulch around your plants, there are a few steps to take. One highly rated provider shares 10 steps to prepare for fresh mulch.

Webster landscaper revives dead lawn

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Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)
Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)

Homeowner praises Trademark Landscape, a highly rated Houston-area landscaping company, for reviving her lawn that was damaged during the drought of 2012.

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Roto Tilling Service

Rototilling nourishes spring gardens

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A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.
A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.

Rototilling is a great way to prepare gardens and flower beds for spring planting.

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Tree Service

Chicago Sculptors Turn Dying Trees into Works of Art

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Margot McMahon's "Flock" is on display in Jackson Park. The tree used in this sculpture is a 125-year-old elm. (Photo courtesy of the city of Chicago)
Margot McMahon's "Flock" is on display in Jackson Park. The tree used in this sculpture is a 125-year-old elm. (Photo courtesy of the city of Chicago)

As part of the Chicago Tree Project, 10 local artists have spent the year breathing new life into dead or dying trees in numerous city parks.

Charlotte Bands Trees to Battle Cankerworms

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Tree banding is under way in Charlotte, as homeowners protect trees against cankerworms. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

City homeowners wrap adhesive on neighborhood trees in late fall to prevent damaging infestation of leaf-eating inchworms in the spring.

Holiday Displays Light up Chicago and Suburbs

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The Museum of Science and Industry Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light is open daily through Saturday, Jan 4. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry)
The Museum of Science and Industry Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light is open daily through Saturday, Jan 4. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry)

Form Chicago's Magnificent Mile Lights Festival to Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, check out our list of the area's best Christmas light displays.

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Greenhouses

Where to Find Tree-lighting Events in D.C.

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Tree-lighting ceremonies aren't just for the White House and Capitol any more. Venues across D.C. are getting in on the action. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
Tree-lighting ceremonies aren't just for the White House and Capitol any more. Venues across D.C. are getting in on the action. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

Three new tree-lighting ceremonies will occur in November around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Events will include a variety of holiday festivities.

To Prune or Not to Prune? Answer is Probably to Wait

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For good tree health, mulch in the fall, but wait till spring to prune.
For good tree health, mulch in the fall, but wait till spring to prune.

Deciduous trees, flowering shrubs can be trimmed after leaves, flowers come off. Don't trim evergreens till spring.

Not Just Jack-o'-lanterns: Chef Tells What to Do with Your Pumpkin Patch Pickings

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Good recipes help you make the most of this fall's pumpkin harvest. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Take your pick of Charlotte-area pumpkins, enjoy a hay ride or a corn maze this fall at local attractions. Then, after carving your pumpkin, make this bisque.

Preventative emerald ash borer treatment saves 5,000 ash trees in Chicago

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A worker with highly rated Illinois Tree Service in Plainfield, Ill., removes a damaged ash tree from a customer's yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ron L. of Carol Stream, Ill.)
A worker with highly rated Illinois Tree Service in Plainfield, Ill., removes a damaged ash tree from a customer's yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ron L. of Carol Stream, Ill.)

Chicago officials say they've saved money, and thousands of trees, by treating ash trees for the emerald ash borer instead of removing and replacing them. Here's how.

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Lakefront Landscaper

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

Smart landscaping tips that can increase home value

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)

Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends

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Outdoor Images Management worked with the Carolina Panthers on landscaping during this summer's stadium renovation. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte landscaper Outdoor Images Management designed the NFL stadium's new green space. They often landscape homes in Charlotte and shared 3 recent backyard trends.

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Land Surveyor

Why land surveys are crucial for home buyers

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A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)
A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)

Land surveys can help property buyers avoid future headaches such as boundary disputes. A highly rated Alabama-based land surveyor provider explains how.

Fall planting tips for the Southwest

Jacqueline Soule, who writes about gardening in the Southwest for Angie’s List, explains why fall planting is crucial for better plant growth.

Is surveying your property worth the cost?

Don't trust fences or estimates. Before you buy or build, hire a land surveyor to make sure your property is properly measured.

No. 1 way to get along with your contractor

Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.

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Lawn Service

Grab a Rake! D.C. Offers Leaf Removal

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The last of the colorful leaves are beginning to fall around Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
The last of the colorful leaves are beginning to fall around Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

The recent cold snap may have you feeling like Washington skipped a season, but it’s still fall as evidenced by the rollout of D.C.'s leaf removal program.

Fall foliage in the capital region can be beautiful in late October and early November, but those same leaves can prove hazardous if left to collect on streets and sidewalks.

It creates a slippery mess for pedestrians and puts a strain on the city's storm drains.

Year Round Landscaping: 6 Ways Evergreens Spruce Up Your Yard

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Evergreen landscaping
This line of arborvitae — dense, narrow evergreen shrubs or small trees — provides a little privacy for the homeowners and their neighbors. (Photo courtesy of member Mary C. of Sylvan Lake, Michigan)

Adding evergreen plants to your landscape can improve your home's privacy, energy efficiency and visual appeal. See how to capture these year-round beauties in your space.

Leave the Leaves? Maybe, but not in Charlotte Streets

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Leaves can be used as mulch in some beds or natural areas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth G. of Charlotte.)
Leaves can be used as mulch in some beds or natural areas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Elizabeth G. of Charlotte.)

Homeowners have several options, from bagging to mulching, but blowing into the road could result in a fine.

Fresh Mulch in Fall Feeds Soil, Protects Plants Over Winter

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A layer of fresh hardwood mulch improves the soil and offers protection for plants. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian B.)

The best time of year to lay down mulch? That varies. But this expert advice on choosing the best mulch for Charlotte, N.C., yards is helpful any time.

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Fountain Installer

Adding fountains, ponds and waterfalls to your backyard

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Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)
Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)

The sound and movement of water is transforming, especially in the garden. Angie's List contractors discuss home water features that can liven up your yard, such as fountains, ponds and waterfalls.

Winterize your ponds and fountains

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©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.
©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.

Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, gives advice on how to winterize water features in the yard. Preparing features such as water gardens, ponds, waterfalls for winter helps avoid damage from freezing and thawing water.

No. 1 way to get along with your contractor

Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.

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Lawn Irrigation

Water, Winter Can Be Costly Combination

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Experts recommend homeowners leave a faucet dripping inside on nights when the temperatures could cause pipes to freeze. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Winter weather can be a bad mix with water. Utilities, experts recommend special care for pipes, plumbing and irrigation systems as cooler temperatures arrive.

To Fully Winterize, Look Outside the House

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You'll probably enjoy the season more if you know you've winterized inside and outside your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Fred C. of Bloomington, Indiana)

To winterize: Seal windows, have your furnace checked and gutters cleared. But don't forget to also look outside your home when preparing for the cold.

4 Steps to Prep Your Sprinklers for Winter

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Taking the necessary steps for protecting your irrigation system now will avoid costly repairs in the springtime, says Klaas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Scott B. of Detroit)
Taking the necessary steps for protecting your irrigation system now will avoid costly repairs in the springtime, says Klaas. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Scott B. of Detroit)

Winter and freezing temperatures are a major threat to your irrigation system. A few simple steps ahead of time will save you from costly repairs in the spring.

For healthy lawn, Charlotte soil may require more than aeration

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Aerating and seeding lawns are key to keeping grass healthy in the cooler months. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Frameli)

Getting grass to grow in Carolina red clay may require top dressing after aerating, seeding lawn, say landscape experts

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Paving Contractor

5 Reasons to Select Paving Stones Over Concrete

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Pavers offer a wide range of design possibilities for driveways, says Starr. (Photo by Go Pavers)
Pavers offer a wide range of design possibilities for driveways, says Starr. (Photo by Go Pavers)

Pavers offer versatility and individual style for driveways and paths. They can be adjusted or replaced more easily than concrete and provide better drainage.

Use Pavers to Create an Outdoor Entertaining Area

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Patio pavers can transform your backyard into an elegant and functional space that is perfect for entertaining. (Photo by Go Pavers)
Patio pavers can transform your backyard into an elegant and functional space that is perfect for entertaining. (Photo by Go Pavers)

Patio pavers can help you to create an inviting space for eating and entertaining, with a fire pit or outdoor kitchen as part of your backyard landscape.

Tips to Keep Your Pavers Looking Great

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You may want to consider low-maintenance pavers for your patio or another landscape project, says Starr.  (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)
You may want to consider low-maintenance pavers for your patio or another landscape project, says Starr. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)

Consider low maintenance landscape pavers for your next paver patio, walkway or pool deck project. Here's how to keep your paving stones in great shape for years.

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Lawn Treatment

Scratch Thatch: Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall

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Aeration and seeding can give your lawn a new lease on life, says Hudnall. (Photo courtesy of Aerating Thatching Co.)
Aeration and seeding can give your lawn a new lease on life, says Hudnall. (Photo courtesy of Aerating Thatching Co.)

In the fall, proper lawn aeration can go a long way toward dealing with thatch and improving the health of your grass by promoting drainage and new growth.

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Reveals Weed Problem in Latest Campaign Ad

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)

Dandelions and other unsightly weeds are ruining the appearance of the Illinois governor's Chicago lawn. We've got grass tips he can use get it under control.

For healthy lawn, Charlotte soil may require more than aeration

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Aerating and seeding lawns are key to keeping grass healthy in the cooler months. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Frameli)

Getting grass to grow in Carolina red clay may require top dressing after aerating, seeding lawn, say landscape experts

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Landscape Lighting

Solutions to 3 Top Outdoor Lighting Problems

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Regular maintenance of an outdoor lighting system is crucial, including using waterproof connectors that can withstand the elements. (Photo by NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals)
Regular maintenance of an outdoor lighting system is crucial, including using waterproof connectors that can withstand the elements. (Photo by NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals)

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your outdoor lights working properly. Waterproof connectors are an important component of a landscape lighting system.

Outdoor Lighting: Art vs. Material

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Outdoor lighting becomes a work of art in your landscape when properly designed and installed. (Photo courtesy of NightScenes)
Outdoor lighting becomes a work of art in your landscape when properly designed and installed. (Photo courtesy of NightScenes)

Hiring a professional to install outdoor lighting is a smart choice and worth the cost. Learn how to get the most value out of your landscape lighting project.

LEDs Win Nobel Prize, Gain Fans at Home

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Modern LED lights can be purchased in different color ranges, even mimicking the warmth of incandescent bulbs. (Photo by Chris Curry)
Modern LED lights can be purchased in different color ranges, even mimicking the warmth of incandescent bulbs. (Photo by Chris Curry)

Huntersville lighting store owner says replacing incandescent bulbs with LED saves energy, increases light.

3 Safety Tips for Fanning the Flames in Your Fire Pit This Fall

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Experts recommend firepit walls be 18 to 20 inches high for safety (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M.)

Before you gather around the outdoor fireplace this fall, make sure your fire pit is safe and nearby buildings, trees aren't in danger of becoming accidental fire wood.

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Lawn Mower Repair

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Cut costs, grass: Race to tune up, repair your lawn mower in fall

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Taking care of your lawn mower at season's end makes for an easier start to spring. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-area lawn mower enthusiasts tweak their riders for fall races, but homeowners can also benefit from cheaper lawn mower maintenance in the off-season.

Teen learns valuable lessons operating lawn care, mower maintenance business

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Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)
Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)

Lukas Moreland started his lawn care and lawn mower maintence business when he was just 14. Find out what motivates him to keep the business going.

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